02 December 2014
This year's Christian Aid Christmas Appeal is focusing on the struggle many mothers face - as Mary did - to find a safe place in which to give birth. The great news is that Churches across the diocese are being given a unique opportunity to save more lives this Christmas with the news that the UK Government has pledged to match Christian Aid's Christmas fundraising.
Whatever money Christian Aid raises during the three months from 7 November, the government will match it up to a maximum of £5m which will be spent on maternal healthcare projects run by Christian Aid partners in Kenya and Malawi.
"In Kenya every year, 14,700 babies die on their first day of life. That's why Christian Aid is asking churches in Lincolnshire to make a difference and see their donations doubled and deliver hope this Christmas" says Judi Perry, East Midlands regional coordinator for Christian Aid.
This Christmas, every pound given to the Christian Aid Christmas Appeal will be doubled by the UK Government. If a Church donates £25, for example, that will be match funded and raise a total of £50.
The Anglican Church of Kenya is a key partner in this work. Through locally-based groups like the Transmara Rural Development Programme (TRDP), part of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Christian Aid is providing mobile health clinics to ensure that families in some of the most remote parts of Kenya can access life-saving healthcare. Community health workers are also going to receive training, support and much needed equipment.
The baby pictured was delivered safely after the mother was driven to the hospital at 4am on a motorbike.
To get your free resources for services, talks, children's activity sheets, posters and more, please visit the Christian Aid website: www.christianaid.org.uk/deliverhope.
You can also contact the East Midlands Christian Aid office on 01509 265013, email@example.com to find out more or invite a member of the team to speak at your church, group or attend an event.
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